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by Željko Heimer, 27 February 2005
At SDA party web site, reported by Mark Sensen, there is the statute of the Party (in Bosnian language), adopted on 6 and 7 September 1996. The article 8 of the Statute defines the stamp, emblem and flag (my translation):
I have made an image according to this description. I don't
think I have seen the crescent in gray ever, rather in green as
in the emblem on the same web pages, but then maybe that is
Željko Heimer, 30 March 1998
The SDA (Democratic Action Party) is the main party of the
Bosniaks established and lead by Alija Izetbegovic until his
death. I quoted the 1996 statutes, but the SDA web site have a
new statutes of 2001 on line at <www.sda.ba>.
In the article 9 now there is no description of the symbol and
the flag, but it is determined that these are adopted by a
decision of the Main Board. (english text of the statutes is at
In any case, at least since 2001 the flag determined by
1996 statutes is no longer used, instead is used an other, quite
similar flag: green-white-green triband with a silver crescent
and a fleur-de-lis and tricolour green-blue-red initials SDA.
Such flag is reportedly produced in Croatia for SDA around
Željko Heimer, 27 February 2005
by Željko Heimer, 27 February 2005
by Željko Heimer
Such a flag was used in 1989 and 1990 by SDA (Stranka
Demokratske Akcije, Party of Democratic Action), leading Bosnian
Muslim party in last elections for Bosnian parlament before the
war. I supose it is still used by them in Bosnia.
Željko Heimer, 15 July 1995
by Jaume Olle'
I'm sending the flag of the Democratic Party Action (Bosnia),
a little different from the one by Željko. The source is V.
Jaume Olle', 8 December 1997
I have never seen the crescent as grey (silver?). However, I
think that maybe you got the letters' shapes better then me.
Actually, I was more often looking at other details of the flag,
and heeded a little to the fonts.
Željko Heimer, 9 December 1997
The flag reported by Lomantsov is published recently
in Gaceta, but I'm not sure if is 100% correct. I think that your
sources for Bosnian flags are very good, and I don't know the
Jaume Olle', 13 December 1997
In my previous message on the SDA flag, I questioned the
colour of the crescent (gray) and said that I never so it such,
but always green. Recently I saw an image of an SDA functionaire
in a newspaper, behind him the flag very similar to the one I
posted - yes, with the gray crescent.
Now I have another suspition - was the green crescent used before on the party emblems, and that the new colour of it was adopted only in the latest statute? The statute was adopted on 6 and 7 September 1997.
Željko Heimer, 4 April 1998
An article in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten dated
12 September 1996 was accompanied by colour photographs showing
the SDA logo and party flags.
One photo is of the party headquarters in Sarajevo. The sign above the entrance carries a logo with a dark gray crescent and the letters "SDA" (all on top of a map of Bosnia and Herzegovina).
A second photo is from a SDA party meeting in Hadzici. Several party flags are shown, all of them are in motion so it is difficult to determine the details. However, I am sure that the crescent is of a different colour from that of the letters (which are green). I would say that it is very dark green judging from the photograph.
Jan Oskar Engene, 12 April 1998
by Jorge Candeias
Now that you mention it, I remembered that I have a photo of a
SDA flag also taken from a newspaper. I can't tell when it was
published, but the crescent is, to my eyes, a dark grey, and the
"shadow" of the letters "SDA" is of the same
colour, while the letters are in a greyish green.
Jorge Candeias, 13 and 18 April 1998
There are two basic versions of a logo on a green-white-green
flag. Logo consists of the crescent and letters. In one version
letters are green, crescent is green, but the shadow that
crescent and letters throw is grey. In the other version the
shadow is black.
Velid-aga Jerlagic, 12 April 1998